Banner photo by Deirdre Leowinata
Lindsay Marie Stewart
is a National Geographic Explorer and the founder of the Natural Connections Project, an education-based film series showcasing Indigenous schools using innovative teaching and learning practices to engage their students. As the Creative Director for Pacific Wild, Lindsay’s M.A. in Intercultural & International Communications and B.A. in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University, combined with a diploma in Photojournalism and a certificate in Technical Writing, complement her visual advocacy efforts for the B.C. coastline. From working with pop-star Miley Cyrus to advocate for coastal grizzlies, to directing a film series honouring the life-giving forces of the Pacific ocean along Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, Lindsay extends her public engagement experience into wildlife protection work and conservation issues.
National Geographic Young Explorer AWARD
Audience Choice award, Friday Harbor Film Festival
Best Short Film Award, Waimea Film Festival
Public Ethnography As Innovative Learning Award
Irving K Barber One World Scholarship
Asper Foundation Communications Award
Jason Lang Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Memberships & Workshops —
Student Member of the Explorers Club, New York
Invitational scholarship to ECAD
Student Member of Blue Earth Photo Alliance
ALASKA MARINE SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM
BANFF ADVENTURE FILMMAKERS WORKSHOP
STORY-MONEY-IMPACT + MAKING FILMS AND MAKING A LIVING, MEDIA THAT MATTERS
FOUNDRY PHOTOJOURNALISM WORKSHOP
When I was young, my twin brother and I were taken out of school by our teacher-parents to travel the world and to show us another side of learning. I was given a hands-on, experiential opportunity: from back-packing throughout Turkey to learning the rhythm of the Maasai dance in Kenya; to camels and elephants in India and the Sinai Peninsula; to the Annapurna base camp in Nepal and mountains of New Zealand; to Borneo headhunter villages, and into a 4x4 camper with snorkel to the Australian outback all the way to the tropical islands of Raratonga and Tahiti.
Since then, I have searched for a way to understand the complexities that exist in our cultures and to illuminate the things that unite us as human beings, as opposed to emphasizing our differences. Today, I have travelled to over 30 countries and am passionate about using imagery and media to convey messages, inspire positive change, ignite community mobilization, and advocate for public education.
Best friend to Kumai the Kyrgyz Taigan and woman to a man with a rich heart and quick feet, I live on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Sooke, B.C. With over a decade of experience combined with a graduate and undergraduate degrees, I am a highly creative well-rounded individual that can effortlessly pivot from strategy to individual execution.